“There is now cause for cautious optimism that something like this emerging compromise could actually become law,” writes Mr. Sargent.
Meanwhile, some conservatives are not as happy. The NRA, for its part, has officially opposed the measure.
“Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools,” says an NRA statement issued after the two senators rolled out their bill.
The first title of the bill deals with ways to get more names of prohibited purchasers into the existing background check system.
According to a summary posted by Toomey’s office, the act would “encourage” states to provide all their available records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It would do this by withholding some federal funds from states that drag their heels in this area.